Tennessee revokes license of journey nurse who Ballad says stole medication | WJHL

Tennessee revokes license of journey nurse who Ballad says stole medication | WJHL

Jacqueline Brewster faces legal arraignment in Jonesborough Jan. 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — A Kentucky nurse going through legal costs in Washington County for allegedly stealing narcotics whereas she was a journey worker at Johnson Metropolis Medical Heart (JCMC) in 2021 has had her license to observe in Tennessee revoked.

The motion comes 17 months after Ballad Well being reported the incident to TDH, which didn’t take emergency motion to droop Jacqueline Brewster’s privileges to observe in Tennessee. If Tennessee had, it may have resulted in Brewster’s self-discipline being posted within the “NURSYS” notification system.

As an alternative, Brewster acquired a journey job in West Virginia 5 months later after which was caught in that state allegedly doing the identical factor. West Virginia summarily dismissed her license to observe there weeks later, on March 22, and Kentucky suspended her license April 19.

Tennessee revokes license of journey nurse who Ballad says stole medication | WJHL
Jacqueline Brewster.

The Tennessee Division of Well being (TDH) fined Brewster $3,000 for 3 separate violations of the Tennessee Nursing Act associated to the alleged drug tampering and diversion. TDH additionally charged her as much as $10,000 for court docket prices incurred by TDH in its motion in opposition to her.

Brewster, of Belfry, Ky., faces 4 counts of acquiring narcotics by fraud in Washington County, associated to alleged incidents in June and July 2021 when she was working as a contract journey nurse at JCMC. A grand jury indicted her on these costs in April and after a few continuances in August and November, Brewster is now scheduled to be arraigned in legal court docket Jan. 6.

JCMC alerted about 100 sufferers final July they could have been uncovered to hepatitis or HIV after it found the drug tampering and fired Brewster. Ballad Well being mentioned on the time that it had notified the Tennessee Division of Well being, the USA Drug Enforcement Administration and the workplace of the District Legal professional.

As TDH labored by its lengthy course of to behave in opposition to Brewster, she obtained employment as a contract nurse in Beckley, WV the place she began in early 2022.

The hospital there, like JCMC, reported an alleged drug diversion by Brewster on March 2. Not like Tennessee, which didn’t shortly droop Brewster’s license following the JCMC investigation, West Virginia’s board of nursing summarily suspended her license only a few weeks after the report.

When West Virginia took its motion, TDH acknowledged to Information Channel 11 that it additionally would have had the authority to take abstract motion in 2021 and limit Brewster’s “potential to work in Tennessee on her multistate privilege.”

Tennessee and Virginia are amongst about 30 states that take part in an interstate nursing compact permitting nurses with licenses of their residence states to observe within the others.

Included in paperwork from West Virginia’s case in opposition to Brewster is a letter from the investigation program coordinator at Kentucky’s board of nursing, Amanda Padgett. That letter acknowledges receipt of West Virginia’s criticism in opposition to Brewster and says the Nursing License Compact guides states “the place the incident occurred” to “take the lead in conducting the investigation.”

The start of a March 22, 2022 doc suspending Jacqueline Brewster’s potential to observe nursing in West Virginia. (West Virginia Board of Nursing)

“We perceive that, if self-discipline is issued in opposition to this licensee’s privilege to observe by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Skilled Nurses, notification might be posted through NURSYS,” Padgett wrote.

A month later, in mid-April 2022, Kentucky suspended Brewster’s license as effectively.

TDH’s closing order in Brewster’s case comes after a Nov. 16 listening to that Brewster didn’t attend, although her legal professional was there.

The order says JCMC employed Brewster as a journey nurse by Jackson Nurse Skilled, a staffing company, from April 15, 2021, till round July 11, 2021.

JCMC investigated an “unreconciled remedy discrepancy” on July 11, 2021, and allegedly discovered Brewster had administered narcotics outdoors of physician’s orders, eliminated a number of sufferers’ medicines from a cart and didn’t doc administration. The hospital additionally discovered a number of narcotic syringes had been tampered with, and on that very same day, JCMC required Brewster to undergo a urine drug display screen, then fired her after she refused to submit an ample pattern.

After the motion in West Virginia in March, the Kentucky Board of Nursing took motion on April 19, based on the TDH order. Kentucky ordered an “fast and momentary suspension” based mostly on 4 findings associated to her alleged misuse of medicine, together with that she was “unfit or incompetent to observe nursing by motive of negligence or different causes…”

TDH’s order discovered that in her time at JCMC, Brewster’s actions confirmed her to be “unfit or incompetent by motive of negligence, habits or different trigger” and to be responsible of unprofessional conduct.

It additionally discovered she violated Tennessee legislation by making false or incorrect entries in affected person information, by unauthorized use or elimination of narcotics, and by her being disciplined in different states for acts that represent grounds for revocation in Tennessee.